Five stories not to miss
1 Windows Store signs Spotify and iTunes
The Windows Store has been given a boost with the news that Spotify and iTunes are both set to arrive in Microsoft’s app store. The announcements coincide with the launch of Windows 10 S ( see p30).
2 Intel owns up to corporate hijack threat
Intel revealed a hijacking flaw that had lurked in its chips for seven years would allow attackers to remotely or locally take control of PCs without a password. According to Intel, the authentication bypass vulnerability hit three pieces of firmware – Active Management Technology, Standard Manageability and Small Business Technology – and could impact thousands of corporate computers.
3 BT may rip out more copper
BT is opening a formal consultation with telco customers to assess a full-fibre rollout to more UK homes. “We could make full-fibre connections available to ten million premises by the mid-2020s, but we need to understand if there’s sufficient support – across industry, Ofcom and government – to build a viable business case,” Openreach said.
4 Net neutrality back under threat
Federal officials in the US have begun work on tearing apart net neutrality regulations that prevent ISPs from creating fast lanes for content providers willing to pay a premium. Net neutrality rules, which were put in place after much public debate in 2015, are popular with end users but have been repealed after pressure from broadband providers, which regard privileged content as a potential money spinner.
5 Ransomware attack strikes NHS systems
Hackers wreaked havoc around the world – and particularly in the NHS – with a ransomware attack called WannaCry that locked files and demanded payment. Researchers say that the majority of NHS infections targeted Windows 7 machines, while the attacks also highlighted a worryingly large number of XP machines on the health providers’ network. Patients saw appointments postponed and some were redirected to unaffected hospitals.